Marcia M Russell, MD, FACS
Dr. Russell is an Associate Professor of Surgery-in-Residence in the Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Staff Surgeon in Colon & Rectal Surgery at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Her primary research interests are the quality of surgical care with a special interest in both colorectal cancer and geriatric surgery. Dr. Russell has been a leader in geriatric surgery research – she developed the initial quality indicators for elderly patients undergoing major abdominal surgery in 2005 and updated them for all elderly surgery patients in 2009 (funded by the National Institute on Aging). This work was the basis for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP)/American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Best Practice Guidelines for Optimal Preoperative Assessment of the Geriatric Surgery Patient which were published in 2012. She was an expert panel member for the ACS NSQIP/AGS Preoperative Guidelines and also co-authored the Perioperative Guidelines which were published in 2016. Dr. Russell is also a member of the core development team of the Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery (CQGS) and serves as the co-chair of the Standards Subcommittee. She has current funding from the National Institute on Aging to develop an opioid-sparing multimodal pain management protocol for older adults undergoing surgery.